Session's Start to Highlight GOP Surge

By: Jeff Amy, The Associated Press
By: Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

The curtain rises Tuesday on a new era of
Republican dominance in Mississippi.

House and Senate members will be sworn in at noon, with Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves and other statewide officers taking their oaths Thursday. Finally, Phil Bryant will be sworn in as
Mississippi's 64th governor Jan. 10.

The biggest change is the GOP takeover of the House. Some Democrats say they are unlikely to oppose Clinton Republican Philip Gunn's bid to lead the House.

The 2012 session, at the start of a four-year term, lasts for 120 days. That's longer than the 90-day sessions that will follow in the next three years.

The extra time may be welcomed by an unusually large crop of new lawmakers, including 32 new House members and 15 new senators.

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